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May 2, 2013 5:30pm PDT
. is america still the lure it once was? president obama arriving in mexico city to talk immigration reform tonight, as we confirm a surprising number -- how many undocumented immigrants in america have decided to return to mexico. abc's white house correspondent, jim avila, in mexico. >> reporter: footsteps echo through a nearly empty, northern mexico village. expensive homes bolted shut. block after block of shuttered doors in el cargadero, their absentee owners working hundreds of miles away. so where is everybody? >> mostly they're in california. i would say 2/3 of the people from here, they reside in southern california. >> reporter: but now many mexicans, who desperately crossed the northern border for work, are coming home, chased away, not by the fear of deportation, but by u.s. unemployment. >> when the economy started going down, it was hard, especially my work. >> reporter: erika felix, coming home after working illegally for nine years in the united states, hiding in the shadows. >> you're always in fear, you know? >> reporter: a surprising trend so strong, yet often lost in the
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